The Weekly BAT + Podcast Ep. 64 — now has its own Tor Onion Service, Changes to the Referral Program, Global Privacy Control now available in Brave for testing!

Announcement: now has its own Tor Onion Service, providing more users with secure access to Brave


By Ben Kero, Devops Engineer at Brave

In 2018, Brave integrated Tor into the browser to give our users a new browsing mode that helps protect their privacy not only on device but over the network. Our Private Window with Tor helps protect Brave users from ISPs (Internet Service Providers), guest Wi-Fi providers, and visited sites that may be watching their Internet connection or even tracking and collecting IP addresses, a device’s Internet identifier.

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Announcement: Changes to the Referral Program

We launched the Referral Program in early 2018 with the intention of distributing $1 million in BAT to content creators who referred new users to Brave. Towards the end of 2018 we decided to extend the program another year. By the end of 2019 more than $2.2 million in BAT had been distributed to content creators. And again, astonished by the growth of this community, we took a moment to evaluate, and chose to press on for yet another year. To date, more than $12 million in BAT has been distributed via the referral program—simply astonishing!

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Blog: Global Privacy Control, a new Privacy Standard Proposal, now Available in Brave’s Desktop and Android Testing Versions

One of Brave’s core goals is to improve privacy on the Web. The main way Brave improves Web privacy is by building strong, on-by-default privacy protections in the Brave browser. However, Brave also works to improve privacy on the Web in general, particularly by advocating for privacy in the W3C 1.

As part of our privacy-in-Web-Standards work, we’re proud to have been involved in the design for the “Global Privacy Control” (GPC) proposal. The GPC proposal allows Web users to signal that they do not want to be tracked online, and where relevant, assert legal privacy rights, as described in legislation like the EU’s GDPR and California’s CCPA. GPC is meant as an additional privacy tool for browser vendors and Web users; it does not take the place of any existing privacy protections Brave provides.

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AMA (ICYMI): “I’m Luke Mulks, Director of Business Development at Brave. Ask me anything!” 

Luke was in the house earlier this week to answer community questions about business initiatives & strategy, partnerships, advertising, Brave’s work with causes, creators, the community, and more! Here’s what he had to share:

If you’re short on time and want the TL;DR, our recap of the AMA highlights will be released on the official Brave blog early next week. 

Highlights: AMA with Chris, Technical Operations Coordinator at Brave

Welcome to the latest post in our series of BAT Community-run AMAs!

The ongoing AMA series is an opportunity for our users and fans to get to know the Brave team, to chat with them directly, and to illuminate the work and contributions of our team members. (Work that, in many cases, takes place largely behind the scenes.)   

We were joined for our most recent AMA by Christopher, who is better-known in the BAT/Brave community and on Reddit as bat-chriscat, Technical Operations Coordinator at Brave. Chris marathoned for nearly 4 consecutive hours, fielding both pre-submitted and live questions from Redditors on a wide range of topics, including—but certainly not limited to!—the upcoming features he’s excited about (such as “Pay with BAT”, “on-chain” tipping etc.), his passion for analytic philosophy, the nature of morality, and his understanding of breakfast food.

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This Week in Sponsored Images

This week saw sponsored images from returning sponsors, Gala Games, eToro, BlockFi, Koodo, and Tezos.

Our growing list of New Tab Page sponsors includes: Verizon, PayPal, Intel, Newegg, Western Digital, The Home Depot, Chipotle, Khan Academy, and more. 

See our Case Studies for more about Sponsored Images and how they can help promote your business: 

Brave Creator Spotlight (in partnership with Everipedia

Verified Publisher,

OpenSea is the first and largest marketplace for user-owned digital goods, which include collectibles, gaming items, domain names, digital art, and other assets backed by a blockchain.

At OpenSea, we’re excited about a brand new type of digital good often referred to as a non-fungible token, or NFT. NFTs have exciting new properties: they’re unique, provably scarce, liquid, and usable across multiple applications. Just like physical goods, you can do whatever you want with them! You could throw them in the trash, gift them to a friend across the world, or go sell them on an open marketplace. But unlike physical goods, they’re armed with all the programmability of digital assets.

To learn more visit: 

Read about OpenSea on Everipedia: 

Client Updates

Desktop Nightly Channel v1.17.22

Desktop Dev Channel v1.16.57

Desktop Beta Channel v1.16.56

Desktop release channel v1.15.72

Brave for Android v1.15.73 is now live on the Play Store

Stay ahead of bugs and benefit from all the latest updates & fixes by keeping your Brave browser updated to the latest version! 

To update your Brave browser on desktop, go to brave://help;

On mobile, if you don’t receive updates automatically, you can manually update your Brave browser app from the Play or iOS app stores.

Brave Team Tweets

Jonathan Sampson, Senior Developer Relations
Des Martin, Marketing Lead
Jonathan Sampson, Senior Developer Relations
Yan Zhu, Chief Information Security Officer

BAT/Brave in the News

Wired: ‘Do Not Track’ Is Back, and This Time It Might Work

WHAT DO YOU call a privacy law that only works if users individually opt out of every site or app they want to stop sharing their data? A piece of paper.

Or you could call it the California Consumer Privacy Act. In theory, the law gives California residents the right to opt out of any business selling their data. In practice, it hasn’t seen much use. Most people don’t go to the trouble of opting out of every website, one at a time. One analysis, by DataGrail, a privacy compliance company, found that there were only 82 “do not sell” requests for every million consumer records over the first six months of the year. A study published last week by Consumer Reports helps explain why: Opting out of everything is a complicated pain in the ass.


As of today, users will be able to set a global browser opt-out in browsers including Mozilla, Brave, and DuckDuckGo, as well as the DuckDuckGo privacy extensions for Chrome.

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TechCrunch: As of today, users will be able to set a global browser opt-out in browsers including Mozilla, Brave, and DuckDuckGo, as well as the DuckDuckGo privacy extensions for Chrome.

Remember ‘Do Not Track‘? The tracker-loving adtech industry hopes you don’t recall that decade+ doomed attempt to bake user-friendly privacy controls into browsers. But a coalition of privacy-forward tech companies, publishers and advocacy groups has taken the wraps off of a push to develop a new standard that gives Internet users a super simple way to put digital guardrails around their data.

The effort to bake in a new browser-level privacy signal to stop the sale of personal data — which has been christened: Global Privacy Standard (GPC) — is being led by the ex-CTO of the FTC, Ashkan Soltani, and privacy researcher Sebastian Zimmeck.

They’ve got early backing from The New York Times; The Washington Post; Financial Times; WordPress-owner Automattic; dev community Glitch; privacy search engine DuckDuckGo; anti-tracking browser Brave; Firefox maker Mozilla; tracker blocker Disconnect; privacy tool maker Abine; Digital Content Next; Consumer Reports; and digital rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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News From Our Partners

WIN: Enter TAP Network’s sweepstakes using BAT for a chance to win a Ledger Nano X Crypto Wallet! 

Brave users with Uphold-verified wallets can now enter TAP Network’s sweepstakes with BAT for a chance to win a Ledger Nano X Crypto Wallet!

Leger Nano X ensures that your crypto assets are always safe, anywhere you go. This sleek, easy to use device has Bluetooth enabled and is the most advanced hardware wallet on the market.

Other sweepstakes offerings include digital gift cards of your choice from hundreds of retailers including amazing brands like Amazon, Walmart, Gamestop, Nintendo and more!

To enter the sweepstakes head over to the TAP Sweepstakes page and choose the sweepstakes you want to enter, and enter as many times as you desire—it costs less than 1 BAT per entry! 

Recent Winners:

Nintendo Switch + Animal Crossing: New Horizons — Noah Harless (@UndreamtMars) 

Apple Homepod + Apple Music — [winner goes here] 

If you haven’t verified your Brave Rewards wallet yet, the TAP marketplace provides a range of options for you to redeem your earned BAT for gift cards, sweepstakes, and to support causes. 

News You Should Know

[Publish0x] NOWNodes: What’s Blockchain Analysis? — A Descriptive Guide

Blockchain analysis has emerged as a big business over the past few years. The U.S. Government reportedly spent $6 million to carry out blockchain analysis activities. The companies providing blockchain analysis activities are also seeing a lot of traction today. Private blockchain analysis companies have raised total funding of $80 million till date. To understand the drivers of this capital inflow, we must understand what blockchain analysis is.

Majority of the global population knows that blockchain is the technology behind cryptocurrency transactions. The purpose of it is to create a distributed ledger which contains the details of all the online transactions on the various protocols. Apart from recordkeeping, blockchain technology also validates the transactions happening online. It also helps users to verify the transactions without the presence of a centralized authority.

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[Week in Ethereum News] To help avoid losing crypto, learn how to read audit reports (Twitter thread by Evan Van Ness)

Bankless: How to make money with digital art on Rarible

Dear Bankless Nation,

NFTs have gotten a fair amount of attention in recent weeks.

We laid out the bull case with Jake & Andrew last week. We’ve covered them a few times in the past.

But how exactly do you create one? And where can they be traded?

That’s where Rarible comes in. Rariable is an NFT marketplace that allows anyone to mint, buy, and sell unique digital collectibles. It’s also one of the first marketplaces to add liquidity mining with their native governance token, $RARI.

You can create & trade collectibles and earn RARI in return. What’s the end goal? Rariable wants become a public good owned and governed by its community.

This is the the ownership economy at work. (Just wait until your hear our podcast ep on the ownership economy…coming Monday) .

Double tactics this week! We use dips to level up harder.

Here’s how to make money by creating & trading digital art on Rarible.


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Roaring Fans

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